MMS and sodium chlorite solutions

Information about Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS).

Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) and similar products traded under different names, typically consists of a solution containing the chemical sodium chlorite which is used as a bleach in high concentrations. It is not suitable for human consumption.

Danger to health

Sodium chlorite products vary in concentration, dosage and can be consumed in a variety of ways. Products may cause:

  • gastrointestinal irritation
  • severe nausea
  • vomiting and diarrhoea, potentially leading to dehydration and reduced blood pressure
  • damage to the gut and red blood cells potentially resulting in respiratory failure.

Legal status of sodium chlorite

Sodium chlorite is not authorised as a food additive. If it is marketed for human consumption the product may be unsafe under food safety legislation and food business operators are legally required to remove unsafe food from the market.

What should you do?

The Scottish Food Crime & Incidents Unit is appealing to anyone with any information on the sale or distribution of MMS to contact either your local authority environmental health team or the Scottish Food Crime Hotline on 0800 0287926.

You can also report any concerns using our online form.

Alleged therapeutic benefits

There are a range of alleged health benefits related to these products and all are unlikely to be authorised. Health claims are required to be authorised and must not be “false, ambiguous or misleading”.

The product has been marketed as being a treatment for cancer, and therefore may also be in contravention of the Cancer Act. Claims range from generic statements about ‘purifying’ the body to more specific ones around cancer and autistic spectrum disorders.